Penn Quakers

Penn tops New Mexico for 6th straight win, moves to 10-2

usa_a.j._brodeur.jpg
USA Today Images

Penn tops New Mexico for 6th straight win, moves to 10-2

BOX SCORE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Penn's inside duo of A.J. Brodeur and Michael Wang dominated the paint against New Mexico, finishing with 20 and 19 points respectively in a 75-65 win on Saturday.

Anthony Mathis, Corey Manigault and Carlton Bragg each scored 13 to lead the Lobos (5-6). But Mathis missed all of five of his second-half shots.

The story, however, was the Quakers ability to consistently pound the ball into Brodeur and Wang, who each also grabbed nine rebounds.

"I thought they were worried about our shooting," Penn coach Steve Donahue said. "So I thought we did a good job of reacting to that, taking advantage of A.J. and Michael in the box."

It took the Quakers (10-2) just over seven minutes to build a 15-point lead at 19-4 after Jackson Donahue's 4-point play and it took New Mexico the same amount of time to erase it, tying the game at 24-all on Vladimir Pinchuk's fastbreak layup with 5:41 left in the first half. New Mexico took its last lead at 53-52 following a Drue Drinnon 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 Lobos run with 11:05 remaining.

"It's just an amazing place to play -- and loud," Donahue said. "Fans are rabid and with their style of play, they could have collapsed. Every time I thought we were on the verge, we made a play that kept them at bay. It's not an easy style to play against and it's a very difficult place to play."

The teams were tied twice over the ensuing five minutes before the Quakers pulled away behind an 11-2 run that Bryce Washington started with five-straight points.

"I thought we made a nice run there in the middle of the second half," New Mexico coach Paul Weir said. "And I thought they responded very well to it, made some plays, made some shots."

New Mexico missed its first six shots from the foul line and the Lobos struggled the rest of the game, finishing 10-for-23. The Lobos got away from their normal high-pressure man defense, spending large chunks of the game in an extended zone.

"For two days, I thought it was pretty good," Weir said. "Based on different things we were looking at, it was just something that we felt we needed to go to. It was great in the first half. It was double the success rate of our man."

Quakers starting center Max Rothschild did not play because of a back issue, but that allowed Wang to have an impact as a starter rather than coming off the bench.

"Michael is kind of one of our best scorers anyway, even though he's coming off the bench," Donahue said. "But it was a probably a good thing in a game like this because Michael has the ability to score against that kind of defense."

Big picture

Penn gained some national exposure in its last outing, upending No. 17 and defending national champion, Villanova 78-75 on Dec. 11. New Mexico has been on a slide, entering the game having lost four of five and needing a confidence-building win against a solid opponent before Mountain West play begins on Jan. 2 at Air Force.

Up next

Coming off a four-game home stand, New Mexico finishes its non-conference schedule Dec. 30 in Hobbs, N.M. against NAIA University of Southwest. The Quakers next play at Toledo on Dec. 29.

Penn falls to Harvard in Ivy League Tourney semifinals

usa-steve-donahue.jpg
USA Today Images

Penn falls to Harvard in Ivy League Tourney semifinals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Bryce Aiken had 19 points as Harvard beat Penn 66-58 in the Ivy League tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Noah Kirkwood had 12 points for Harvard (18-10). Kale Catchings added nine rebounds.

AJ Brodeur had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Quakers (19-12). Devon Goodman added 11 points.

Penn takes down Brown to clinch final berth in Ivy League Tournament

usa-aj-brodeur-penn.jpg
USA Today Images

Penn takes down Brown to clinch final berth in Ivy League Tournament

BOX SCORE

Devon Goodman, AJ Brodeur and Jake Silpe scored all but five of Penn's points as the Quakers completed their first weekend sweep of the Ivy League season, defeating Brown 58-51 on Saturday night in the Palestra to claim the final berth in the league tournament.

Penn (19-11, 7-7) is defending champion in the Ivy League Tournament but needed to beat Brown in order to return. The Quakers scored eight unanswered points to open the second half, breaking a 27-27 halftime tie, and led the rest of the way.

Brodeur scored two layups, Goodman and Max Rothschild added the other baskets in the game-changing burst.

Rothschild scored just two points but added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Penn had a dozen steals as Brown committed 22 turnovers, resulting in 21 points for Penn.

Desmond Cambridge led the Bears (19-11, 7-7) with 13 points. Joshua Howard and Tamenang Choh scored 10 apiece and Choh had nine rebounds.

Brown was 17 of 50 shooting to Penn's 24 of 60.

Penn defeat Yale 77-66 on Friday night.